All Pens and Ephemera

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Vintage Pens: 4515 Parker Oversize Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 4515: Parker: Oversize Vacumatic
Straight out of 1935 comes this Oversize Parker Vacumatic! It is a handsome, reliable pen in black with gold trim. The love it received is well expressed in the wear on the cap and barrel. No cracks, but there is no hiding that this was a daily driver. Lots of brassing on the cap rings. Fully restored, this pen is in good working condition. Its 2-tone 14k gold nib retains the vast majority of its original plating. Please click the headline for a close-up. The silvery plate is only missing on the leading edges of the shoulders. You will write a firm fine line that is fairly smooth but with the shadow of some feedback. Its lockdown filler still locks down. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4528 Parker Vacumatic Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $999.99
Vintage Pens: 4528: Parker: Vacumatic Maxima
OMG! Behold the great grail pen of Parker fanatics....the Parker Vacumatic Maxima WITH a FLEXI nib! This vintage pen is amazing enough with minimal wear and a very clear, though a little ambered, barrel. Its aluminum speedline filler is in good working order. No cracks or brassing. The "name plate" in the jeweler's cap band has a little wonkiness in its plating, but there are no engravings. Yet, we know it's the pen's two-tone 14k gold nib that likely got your attention. You will write a wonderful extra-fine to 1mm line with its great flexibility. Not a wet noodle but definitely flexi, which is so rare in a Parker pen of this era. Some of the plating is coming off the nib. Click the headline for a close-up. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4545 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 4545: Esterbrook: Transition
As Esterbrook moved from Dollar Pens to J-model pen, it found it had more Dollar Pen barrels than caps. As such, they began putting the new J-model cap to the Dollar Pen barrels until they ran out of barrels. These late 1940s pens are known as Esterbrook Transition pens. Our minty green vintage pen has no cracks and minimal wear. We restored it with a new ink sac. Its greatest feature is the steel 2668 nib. It writes a surprisingly smooth fine-medium line. 12.3cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4547 Namiki Pilot Vanishing Point
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4547: Namiki Pilot: Vanishing Point
Clicking a fountain pen is a novelty that never grows old. We love these innovative Pilot Vanishing Point pens. Our brick red model was well loved and shows some wear, but it also sports a rare Broad nib in 18k yellow gold. As a Japanese broad, it likely is more like an American medium. Regardless, it is a buttery smooth writer. Plus, this preowned pen comes with its converter, though you can also use proprietary cartridges. 14cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4543 Namiki Pilot Vanishing Point
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4543: Namiki Pilot: Vanishing Point
Smoothness in a Japanese nib almost goes without saying, and we love the way this Pilot Vanishing point writes a smooth medium line. We are still in love with the idea of a click fountain pen. Its clicker is in good working order. Surprisingly, you will see a silvery plated (rhodium? palladium?) 18k gold nib on this blue and yellow-gold trim pen. The nib is actually stamped "B" for broad, but Japanese broad nibs are usually a size under what is advertised, if you are more familiar with American and Germany nibs. The pen was heavily used and does show some wear but nothing egregious. It comes with a converter but also uses proprietary Pilot cartridges. 14cm.
Vintage Pens: 4527 Parker Vacumatic Set
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $699.99
Vintage Pens: 4527: Parker: Vacumatic Set
In 1936, Fred & Ginger lit up the silver screen in the classic "Swingtime," King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry an American divorcé, television broadcasts first began, Jesse Owens showed up the Nazis in Berlin, Joe DiMaggio was a rookie, FDR won a second term and this Parker Vacumatic standard set in burgundy was made. It was an elegant era, and this pen in many respects marks the pinnacle of art deco design. This particular set is in excellent condition. No cracks, maybe 1% brassing, no scratches, restored and working. Its two-tone 14k has some cosmetic issues. Click the headline to see close-ups. It writes an extra-fine line with a little flex but not much. The matching pencil works great in excellent condition and comes with spare 1.1mm leads. Pen measures 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4512 Sheaffer Univer
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 4512: Sheaffer: Univer
Something's not quite right here. It looks like a senior flattop Sheaffer Lifetime, but.... It isn't, but it is. Sheaffer wanted to win at every market point for fountain pen and created "sub brands" such as Univer to sell their pens to a cheaper, second-tier pen-buying crowd. Click the headline for close-ups. Note the "Univer" on the same hump clip as a Sheaffer. Note also the style of the lever. ESPECIALLY note the perfection of the pearl and black celluloid! There are only hints of brown discoloration in a limited few locations. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac! Ironically, it is a smaller 14k gold than on a Sheaffer, but it is a more desirable semi-flex nib with a little feedback. One last cool point that you can see: Instead of a white dot on top of the cap, there is a black dot! Museum worthy. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4503 Esterbrook M2 Set
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 4503: Esterbrook: M2 Set
Esterbrook picked up the popular aerometric filling system started by Parker in the 1950s. Our Esterbrook M2 is new old stock from 1958. It is a red pen-and-pencil set, and the pen still has its pricing sticker. Unfortunately, these caps have an unfortunate habit of splitting. The fountain pen has a 3/4-inch split from the lip just to the left of the clip. The rest of the pen is in mint condition with a working ink sac. Instructions on the filler say it fills in three squeezes. Its steel 1555 Gregg nib writes a surprisingly smooth extra fine line. Its matching pencil is likewise in mint condition without a split in the cap. Twist the tail cap to advance and retract its .9mm lead. Pen measures 13.5cm capped.
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